Cherry Valentine, a solid member on the British mannequin of RuPaul’s Drag Race, handed away on September 18, primarily based on a press launch launched on Friday by his family.
The actual fact star was 28 years outdated.
Valentine was born as George Ward, and Ward’s dad and mother have been those that broke the tragic info of their child’s dying.
“It’s with basically probably the most coronary coronary heart wrenching and deepest disappointment to let you know that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically handed away,” the devastated mother and father wrote.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people & we understand there is no such thing as a such factor as a easy strategy for this to be launched.
“As his family, we’re nonetheless processing his dying and our lives received’t ever be the similar.
“We understand how loads he’s beloved and what variety of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is to your endurance and your prayers on this time.
“We love you Georgie 30 November 1993-18 September 2022.”
Born in northeast of England, Valentine was launched up throughout the traveler neighborhood, which the place he started doing drag as a toddler.
“He appeared in six episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race (which is broadcast on BBC Three) in 2020-2021.
In his introductory video, he described the alter ego of Cherry Valentine as “each half,” stating on air:
“She is glamor, she’s membership little one, she’s darkish, she’s gothic.”
In a tribute to the late star, Drag Race U.Okay. produces said they’re “heartbroken that Cherry has handed away,” together with:
“She was a form soul who launched pleasure and a selected chortle to everyone she met. She launched aptitude, verve and enchantment to #DragRaceUK, we’re going to miss her so deeply.”
BBC Three, within the meantime, said in its private message:
“We’re devastated on the passing of George, who we knew as Cherry Valentine.”
Virtually every one in all Valentine’s costars from his season of the current moreover posted heartbreaking tributes on social media after the data went viral.
“fully devastated & crying as I write this,” wrote Tayce. “I wanted to submit a montage of photographs & films nevertheless it’s all to onerous correct now.
“”I’ve in no way misplaced a buddy sooner than and it’s a numbing feeling, nevertheless my concepts, prayers and deepest condolences exit to her family and absolute nearest & dearest.
“Cherry was a drive, a touchstone, one among many sweetest, kindest and caring of us I’ve ever met. she was a level of contact to anyone who needed help and impressed so many.
“Please handle each other, take a look at in, and don’t be afraid to ask for help ever. you in no way know what struggles people are going by way of.
“I such as you George.”
Bimini Bon Boulash honored Valentine as properly, writing:
“Confused. A form of souls so pure, so raw, so precise. I’m extraordinarily lucky to have acknowledged George and witnessed their infectious spirit. Their endurance and kindness was their superpower.
“They seen you for you and by no means many people have that empathetic trait.”
Joe Black wrote:
“I’m in shock and by no means pretty constructive strategies to course of the data. RIP Cherry. I’ll cherish the situations we had collectively. An distinctive artist and particular person. My love goes out to their household and associates and everyone who knew them.”
“Totally devastated and shook by the details about our buddy Cherry,” tweeted Tia Kofi, sharing a hyperlink to a GoFundMe net web page organize in Ward’s honor.
“She was terribly selection, generous and proficient.”
Lastly, Ginny Lemon wrote:
“I’m crying loads and I’m moreover laughing the least bit the fully glad recollections. So many fully glad fully glad recollections, the ‘tour time portal,’ the broken nail, and all these ‘silly silly ladies’ and I’ll all the time bear in mind the 9am goodnight hug.
“Cherry my darling, I like you numerous, my coronary coronary heart is broken.”